89-8, New Year Same old congress

by Datechguy | January 1st, 2013

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89-8, New Year Same old congress

This Morn­ing the Sen­ate passed a com­pro­mise bill two hours after the dead­line for the “fis­cal cliff” bipar­ti­san bill was to take effect.

The vote was 89 – 8 an even wider mar­gin bipar­ti­san mar­gin than the bill it replaces. Only 3 Democ­rats and 5 Repub­li­cans voted against the mea­sure that will now go to the house.

With such an over­whelm­ing impri­matur from both sides of the aisle in the Sen­ate, it is impos­si­ble that this bill will fail in the house. Every mem­ber of the tea party cau­cus may oppose it, speak against it, and can argue the case for respon­si­bil­ity to no avail. There will be plenty of votes on both sides of the aisle to pass this deal.

That we are pass­ing 100+ page bills that nobody has read at 2 AM on New Years day is bad.

That we are rais­ing more taxes on small busi­ness at a $41 in tax increases not count­ing all the Oba­macare taxes that are now kick­ing in, for each dol­lar of spend­ing cuts, is worse.

But the thing that really both­ers me beyond both is this: We have prob­lems, prob­lems that requires courage to solve. It took a lot of pain and effort to achieve what had pre­vi­ously been done and as Veronique de Rugy tells us it wasn’t much:

The alleged bru­tal­ity of the cuts is one of the biggest myth of 2012. For the most part, the seques­tra­tion “cuts” aren’t really cuts at all. Accord­ing to the Con­gres­sional Bud­get Office, dis­cre­tionary spend­ing would grow from $1.047 tril­lion to $1.234 tril­lion with­out seques­tra­tion. With the seques­tra­tion cuts in place, it will instead grow from $1.047 to $1.147 tril­lion. Medicare, which also faces cuts in the seques­tra­tion process, fol­lows a sim­i­lar trend. That means that going through with seques­tra­tion is just the begin­ning. It won’t make a dent in the size of our debt, and more cuts will be needed in the future.Yet both sides oppose ful­fill­ing the deal they agreed upon.

and now even that has been undone.

With­out con­trol­ling spend­ing we are head­ing toward dis­as­ter. As de Rugy points out above, the seques­tra­tion cuts.…were not cuts and a whole lot more was needed beyond seques­tra­tion to get us out of the hole we’re in and now we aren’t event going to do that.

Amaz­ingly despite the date this was done by a cold sober sen­ate and will be passed by a cold sober house to the cheers of the media that will cel­e­brate the cow­ardice of a nation and its elected leaders.

Marco Rubio, one of the few votes against said it well:

I ran, just two years ago, on the idea that I wanted to be part of solv­ing the long-​term prob­lems this coun­try faces. Time and again, we’re given choices here that don’t involve that.”

The real fis­cal cliff is still there,” he said. “We’ll be back here again. In March, we’ll have a show­down like this all over again.”

And what will hap­pen then? Will the GOP grow a spine? Will the democ­rats learn to count? I wouldn’t bet on it. If we can’t make the tough calls when left & right have the fear of God, or at least the vot­ers in them how will we do it otherwise?

As I’ve said many times we always get the gov­ern­ment we deserve, but I really thought we deserved better.

This Morning the Senate passed a compromise bill two hours after the deadline for the “fiscal cliff” bipartisan bill was to take effect.

The vote was 89-8 an even wider margin bipartisan margin than the bill it replaces. Only 3 Democrats and 5 Republicans voted against the measure that will now go to the house.

With such an overwhelming imprimatur from both sides of the aisle in the Senate, it is impossible that this bill will fail in the house. Every member of the tea party caucus may oppose it, speak against it, and can argue the case for responsibility to no avail.  There will be plenty of votes on both sides of the aisle to pass this deal.

That we are passing 100+ page bills that nobody has read at 2 AM on New Years day is bad.

That we are raising more taxes on small business at a $41 in tax increases not counting all the Obamacare taxes that are now kicking in, for each dollar of spending cuts, is worse.

But the thing that really bothers me beyond both is this:  We have problems, problems that requires courage to solve. It took a lot of pain and effort to achieve what had previously been done and as Veronique de Rugy tells us it wasn’t much:

The alleged brutality of the cuts is one of the biggest myth of 2012. For the most part, the sequestration “cuts” aren’t really cuts at all. According to the Congressional Budget Office, discretionary spending would grow from $1.047 trillion to $1.234 trillion without sequestration. With the sequestration cuts in place, it will instead grow from $1.047 to $1.147 trillion. Medicare, which also faces cuts in the sequestration process, follows a similar trend. That means that going through with sequestration is just the beginning. It won’t make a dent in the size of our debt, and more cuts will be needed in the future.Yet both sides oppose fulfilling the deal they agreed upon.

and now even that has been undone.

Without controlling spending we are heading toward disaster. As de Rugy points out above, the sequestration cuts….were not cuts and a whole lot more was needed beyond sequestration to get us out of the hole we’re in and now we aren’t event going to do that.

Amazingly despite the date this was done by a cold sober senate and will be passed by a cold sober house to the cheers of the media that will celebrate the cowardice of a nation and its elected leaders.

Marco Rubio, one of the few votes against said it well:

“I ran, just two years ago, on the idea that I wanted to be part of solving the long-term problems this country faces. Time and again, we’re given choices here that don’t involve that.”

“The real fiscal cliff is still there,” he said. “We’ll be back here again. In March, we’ll have a showdown like this all over again.”

And what will happen then?  Will the GOP grow a spine?  Will the democrats learn to count?  I wouldn’t bet on it.  If we can’t make the tough calls when left & right have the fear of God, or at least the voters in them how will we do it otherwise?

As I’ve said many times we always get the government we deserve, but I really thought we deserved better.

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